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Ex-Arsenal captain Gilberto Silva: Torreira no holding midfielder

Former Arsenal captain Gilberto Silva is adamant Lucas Torreira is no holding midfielder.

Gilberto does not think he compares with the likes of Premier League winners N'Golo Kante and Fernandinho.

He told talkSPORT: "Arsenal in the last few years have tried to find a player for this position, which is not so easy nowadays because football has changed a lot.

"I have seen so many clubs play without this holding midfielder. At some point, it became not so important but then teams started to realise this player is important to the structure of the defensive part of the team.

"Now we have Kante - but he is out of position. I prefer him to be in the centre. At City, Fernandinho.

"Arsenal bought Torreira but the first season is quite hard for him. I don't know if Arsenal have found the player to be the holding midfielder yet.

"I don't think so, when I see their games compared to the other teams, when you compare to Fernandinho and Kante, I don't see the same style of players."

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